Youthreach FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where can my son or daughter get a second chance of getting their education?

For many parents, the idea of a son or daughter dropping out of school, is really upsetting and can seem like the end of the road for their child’s education. The great news for those who attend Youthreach in Limerick and Clare is that these young people get a second chance at learning and an opportunity to work towards qualifications at a pace that suits them, within smaller groups and in a friendly and relaxed learning environment. Our programme seeks to ensure that children who are out of school get the same chance to achieve their full potential as others who stay in school.

What is Youthreach?

Youthreach is a programme of education, training and work experience for young people who have left school early in an out of school setting. Its aim is to develop the skills needed for further learning and to prepare young people to progress to further education/training or to employment.

Who can take part in Youthreach programmes?

The Youthreach programme is for young people aged 15-20 years who have left school early.



What courses are available in Youthreach?

The programmes vary from centre to centre and can include QQI Certification Levels 2-5, Junior Certificate Programmes, Leaving Certificate Applied and Leaving Certificate Established Programmes. We provide a rich and exciting mix of educational programmes and recreational activities. As well as the usual subjects, our centres offer our young people options such as Computers, Personal Development, Work Experience and Sport. The summer programme includes Outings, Outdoor Pursuits and even the possibility of a Foreign Exchange Trip.

What will a Youthreach course cost?
There are no costs for participating in a Youthreach programme.
Will I be paid while attending a Youthreach course?

If you are 16 years of age or more you will receive a weekly training allowance, a meal allowance and a travel and childcare allowance if applicable while attending the Youthreach Programme.

How long is the course?

Youthreach is a full-time year–round course.


When can I join the programme?

You can apply for Youthreach at any time of the year.

Where can I join?

See the Youthreach Centres page for contact details for all our Youthreach Centres.

Youthreach Education Centre, Limerick City Adult Education Service, O’ Connell Avenue, Limerick
Youthreach, Glentworth Street, Limerick
Northside Youthreach Education Centre, Watch House Cross, Moyross , Limerick
Coiscéim Education Centre, LEDP, Roxboro, Limerick
Youthreach, Main Street, Hospital, Co. Limerick
Youthreach, Shanagolden Education and Resource Centre, Shanagolden, Co. Limerick
Youthreach Kilrush, Adult Learning Centre, Cooraclare Road, Kilrush, Co. Clare
Youthreach , Ennis Adult & Community Education Centre, Clonroad, Ennis, Co Clare
East Clare Youthreach, Brian Boru Centre, Tuamgraney, Co. Clare
Youthreach Miltown Malbay, West Clare Resource Centre, Ballard Road, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare
South Clare Youthreach, Palmgrove, Smithstown, Shannon, Co. Clare

How will Youthreach help me?
A second chance to gain education and training
A chance to develop new skills
A chance to make new friends
A chance to gain national certification, and progress to further education or training
A chance to find employment

What do learners like about Youthreach?

“In Youthreach we are all treated fairly with equal respect.”
“The teachers listen to you and help you when you have problems.”
“I love getting up every morning and coming in to the centre. I like the teachers and I will do my full Junior Certificate next year.”
“We call the teachers by their first names and we don’t wear uniforms. We all get along like a family.”
“I went to Youthreach when I was 16. My aunt had told me about it so I decided it would be a perfect opportunity to get my life back on track”. I did my Junior and Leaving Certificates there. Not only did Youthreach help me get my education back but taught me life skills.”